Truck show: Best on show at Alexan­dra

It’s one of the coolest truck shows of the year, and we’re not talk­ing about the win­ter weather. Once again, Alexan­dra of­fers a warm wel­come to the road trans­port in­dus­try. Peter and Di Sch­lenk re­port

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It was 5am on June 12 and the Vic­to­rian town of Alexan­dra awoke to the sound of trucks mak­ing their way through the usu­ally quiet main streets.

An in­va­sion of sorts, how­ever this was the 20th run­ning of the an­nual Alexan­dra Truck Rod and Ute Show. And it was go­ing to be a big one.

Held reg­u­larly on the Sun­day over the Queen’s Birth­day long week­end, this year’s event was one of the best. The weather was kind as well. While most of Australia copped a drench­ing, the morn­ing mist around Alexan­dra lifted to re­veal a cool but clear day, the sun­shine adding an ex­tra gleam to the pol­ished rigs. The trucks, rods and utes are a wel­come an­nual in­tru­sion for lo­cal Alexan­dra businesses, es­pe­cially the pubs and clubs.

This year or­gan­is­ers ex­tended the show, which kicked off on the Fri­day evening with a ‘Stars of Coun­try’ con­cert fea­tur­ing Sony record­ing artist Adam Har­vey and his band.

The Vic­to­rian Truck Driv­ers’ Memo­rial Ser­vice, now a reg­u­lar pre­cur­sor to the main event, was held on the Satur­day, with a gala din­ner fol­low­ing that night.

While the truck show was an ex­cuse for own­ers and driv­ers to spend a week­end away, as well as show­ing off their gleam ma­chines, oth­ers used the op­por­tu­nity to ad­ver­tise their businesses.

Alexan­dra does not charge an en­try fee, how­ever, the town’s businesses, churches and lo­cal ser­vice clubs ben­e­fit from the pa­tron­age of the visi­tors. One of the lo­cal groups, the Oasis Com­mu­nity Church, kept the masses well fed.

The truck show is a great event for the com­mu­nity, from the scouts to the churches.

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